Educator

Moving Target

Throughout all of human history, there has been a fascination with the idea of self. Whether it is crudely rendered with pigment and animal fat smeared on a cave wall or snapped on a phone and augmented with the latest…

Digging in the Dark

Movement, gesture, purpose and progress define work. The motion of digging with hands creates a dialogue with the earth, where tools leverage the action of bodies enacted for ages. Shovels aid aspects of labor: a new hole dug better, a…

Her Tears Turned to Flowers

I am researching plants and animals that can hide, hibernate, or go dormant. I am interested in utilizing this as a metaphor to discuss how it would be nice to hide from the current social and political events. These works…

Object of Connection: Together

In my own history, the kitchen has always been the hub and heart of home. It is the domain of mothers and grandmothers, a place of gathering, offering and warmth. My work references tools of nourishment found in the kitchen…

Device for an Open Throat

The throat is the center of communication and self-expression, the site for manifestation, transforming ideas into actualization. Related to the chakras of Vedic philosophy, in Human Design this energy center is a nexus- this crossroads may creatively “voice” through its…

Viking Ship of Bones earrings

Viking ships were known for their intimidating silhouette of a monster. Arriving by sail or by oar, the dragon head on the ship’s bow and tail on the stern must have appeared monstrous indeed. I see the forms of vessels…

The Interpretation of Biological Inclination as Demonstrated Through the Illusion of the Cyclopean Finger Sausage

This is a mental image of a scene created by the brain through the process of combining two images received from both eyes. The finger sausage is the silliest yet easiest demonstration of this stereo-vision which brings into play perception…

Asclepias syriaca (a single flower)

Once thought of a weed by the wayside, the common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is now recognized as a vital link in our increasingly fragile ecosystem. Entire species depend on this humble yet beautiful plant. Its decline due to current wide-scale…

Concrete and Resin Pendant

I work primarily with bronze and sterling silver but I enjoy experimenting with other materials. This piece represents the style of my cast bronze and fabricated silver collection but is cast in concrete and resin. I developed this style in…

Industrial vs Nature

I fabricate quirky brooches based on repetition and mechanized patterns. I am selecting discarded materials and distinct color combinations and re-inventing these into geological stratum-like pieces. My methodology is consistent, fabricating using classic silversmithing and stone setting techniques, merging these…

Singara

The most striking quality of my artwork is its vitality. I want my work to have pent-up energy, a graceful, intense life of its own; for it to be independent of the object it may represent. Art-making offers me a…

Aguejetas (Ceci)

I explore the use of industrially made products to create jewelry that is simultaneously manufactured and handcrafted. I bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate modes of making in order to consider the role material, process, and people play in the production of things.

Blossom

My work is a combination of the rigid rules of stone setting and the idiosyncratic expansion of growth. It is a juxtaposition between control and the chaos of nature.

Nestleate

My work explores the interdependence between humans and the biological world around us. Forms and imagery combine to become sculptural manifestations of acceptance of mortality. I find beauty in the forms associated with decay, signifying the unending cycle of life…

Family Tree

“Family Tree” is a captivating earring art piece that encapsulates the essence of cherished childhood memories through the innovative use of recycled plastic. This unique creation features an array of meticulously crafted family portraits. The interplay of the eco-conscious choice…

Security Blanket – Patterned Protection

My work is typically a look inward at the trauma, dysfunction, awkwardness, or emotional state of self. Through introspection, I create repeated patterns and icons that relate back to familiar or personal subjects or recreate specific or hoarded items in…

Mining Necklace

I often use imagery and details of industrial structures, surfaces and interiors that are meant to be ambiguous as to their location. By pairing industrial imagery with natural elements, such as wildflowers that remediate the soil of shuttered factories, nature’s…

Round Bloom

As a jeweler, I explore the inherent malleability of metal, forming organic shapes and interpreting natural forms. My work is influenced by my time spent living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, reflecting the colors, textures, and forms of…

Waterpot

Jim Cotter handcrafts each piece of work, from start to finish, in his Minturn, Colorado studio. Specializing in the lost wax casting process his designs are full of movement, fluidity, and texture.  Jim is known as a maverick and pioneer…

Beneath the Ice

I have been working in metal since graduating from SIUE over 30 years ago. Teaching at Craft Alliance St Louis for over 20 yrs. has given me the joy of seeing others awaken to the art of metal. I work…

Elevate

I am intrigued by the structure of things. The visual vocabulary of architectural elements, agricultural implements and industrial processes tells a story. The shapes, textures and connections of the materials I use are part of that story. My work expands…

Loons

Brie Flora fabricates wearable art and wall sculptures primarily out of steel, brass, and silver. Brie applies powder coat and illustrations to the surfaces, taking inspiration from folk art, fantasy, and nature to merge her love for drawing and metal…

Resiliance

My work is the manifestation of the sacrifices and resilience of my ancestors. The symbolism and iconography represented is a visual iteration of their genetic, cultural, and spiritual kinship that has a common foundation in the land, animals, and resources…

Kindred III

In making new work, I look to preexisting forms and structures that share a background of utility and functional design. My spoons are part of an ongoing series that explores emotional connection and complexity through metaphors of hybridization, abstraction, and…

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